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post #1 of 17 Old 09-04-2014, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Engine/rock guard

I'm outfitting my 2002 Vee for a trip up to Prudhoe Bay, AK next year and decided to try and save a bit with a DIY engine plate. It's just a rock and gravel guard not a skid plate designed to carry the weight of the bike so it's only 1/16" aluminum with aluminum rivets.
I decided to use the existing brackets that the plastic rock guard mounted so I made a cardboard template. Then drilled 1/2" holes at all the bend joints of the bottom plate, I just clamped the aluminum between a couple of pieces of wood in the vise to make the bends. I cut out the sides on the band saw and temporarily clamped them to the bottom plate to check the fit and clearances to the bike. Flat sides looked pretty boring so I added a couple of bends to add some shape. Ventilation holes were cut on the sides and in front of the exhaust pipe. After filing all the edges smooth I used #5 aluminum rivets to fasten the sides to the bottom...much easier than I thought it would be. After drilling the mounting holes and checking the fit I decided it looked a bit clunky so I trimmed the sides down a bit. I'll be painting it flat black as well as fabricating a fastener so it attaches to the crash bar. Once it's riveted and mounted it feels rigid enough to deflect those Dalton Hwy rocks...I hope. It looks homemade but I expect it will out perform the plastic OEM.


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post #2 of 17 Old 09-04-2014, 03:48 PM
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Don't doubt yourself on the looks of it, I think it actually looks really great.

Nice job!

Now, post up those measurements

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post #3 of 17 Old 09-04-2014, 04:04 PM
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Wow..........that looks really good......job well done!!!
Think about adding a fenda-extenda for added insurance from gravel flung up from the front tire??

Now, if you could make a windshield out of the same aluminum.........

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Nice job, functional, looks decent, the price was right. Self-satisfaction and more money for your trip.

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I think it looks fine. Put a hole under the drain plug for easy oil changes.

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to build your own V-Strom GPI and save, save, save!
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-06-2014, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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The finished rock guard with paint, looks OK so I happy.

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post #7 of 17 Old 09-07-2014, 12:04 AM
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Looks great!

Lord , if I have to look like a Power Ranger , can it at least be Amy Jo Johnson?
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post #8 of 17 Old 09-11-2014, 09:47 PM
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Very nice job, I love to see "built" farkles vs bought
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post #9 of 17 Old 09-12-2014, 03:34 PM
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Looks better than my SW Motech

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post #10 of 17 Old 09-12-2014, 06:56 PM
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I've been looking into skid plates since I picked up my new-to-me DL1000 a couple of weeks ago and have been appalled at the prices. I've been thinking about building one myself and you, kind sir, have shown me how to do it. Well done and thank-you!

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